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Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht, and More Will Join John Lithgow in Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear

The Public Theater's free production will also star Jessica Collins, Chukwudi Iwuji, and Jay O. Sanders.

Jessica Hecht, Annette Bening, and Jessica Collins will play the daughters of Lear in Daniel Sullivan's production of King Lear at Shakespeare in the Park this summer.
(© David Gordon; Tristan Fuge)

Full casting has been announced for The Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, starring Emmy and Tony winner John Lithgow in the title role. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the drama begins performances at The Delacorte Theater on July 22 and runs through August 17, with opening night set for August 5.

Joining Lithgow are Oscar nominee Annette Bening (American Beauty), in her first New York stage appearance in two decades, as Goneril; Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (Stage Kiss) as Regan; and Jessica Collins (Les Liaisons Dangereuses ) as Cordelia. Jay O. Sanders (The Apple Family Plays) will take on the role of Kent, with Chukwudi Iwuji (Antony and Cleopatra) as Edgar, Clarke Peters (The Wire) as Gloucester, Steven Boyer (Hand to God) as the Fool, Jeremy Bobb (House of Cards) as Oswald, Christopher Innvar (110 in the Shade) as Albany, Glenn Fleshler (February House) as Cornwall, Slate Holmgren (The Cherry Orchard) as King of France, Eric Sheffer Stevens (The Coast of Utopia) as Edmund, and Dale Place (Nikolai and the Others) as Old Man/Curan. The non-equity ensemble includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Burnap, Christopher Ghaffari, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Matt Helm, Dave Klasko, and Phillip Shinn.

King Lear will feature scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by ACME Sound Partners, and original music by Dan Moses Schreier. This marks the first time the drama has been seen at Shakespeare in the Park since 1973.